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Former coach Gibbs considers name 'prideful'
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

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SPARTA, Ky.  — Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team's name.

The NFL team that Gibbs led to three Super Bowl titles in the first of two stints as coach has been heavily criticized for its nickname that's viewed as derogatory toward Native Americans. A group of U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have suggested it should be changed, which team owner Daniel Snyder vehemently refuses.

Brazil squeaks past Chile, next up is Colombia
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, June 28, 2014 4:55 PM )

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar pointed his right index finger in the air and then formed the shape of a heart with his thumbs and fingers loftily raised above his head.

The 22-year-old striker had just slotted the winning penalty as Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a dramatic shootout after the score was locked 1-1 at the end of extra time, setting the World Cup hosts on course for a showdown against a James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia lineup that beat Uruguay 2-0 later Saturday to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

As Chile's last penalty hit the post, it seemed as though the population of Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief that its beloved team was still in the World Cup.


Bradley says no satisfaction yet for US WCup team
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM


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SAO PAULO — Maybe this is a sign the U.S. national team has matured: While much of America celebrated advancement to the World Cup knockout stage, Michael Bradley thinks the accomplishment has to be viewed with perspective.

"It's something to be proud of, getting out of the group, especially given how difficult it was, but we want more," the 26-year-old midfielder said Saturday. "There's no feeling of satisfaction at the moment. We want to be here for another few games. We want to continue to push and push and see how far we can take this."

Golf Capsules
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

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BETHESDA, Md. — Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a 2-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National and put himself in an ideal position.

He has never lost a PGA Tour event when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

Reed made three bogeys in a 7-hole stretch in the middle of his round and salvaged an even-par 71, giving him a 2-shot lead over Seung-yul Noh, Freddie Jacobson and Marc Leishman going into the final round.

He was at 6-under 207.

Reed will try to become the only player with four PGA Tour victories in the last year and history is on his side. He won the Wyndham Championship when tied for the lead going into Sunday and converted a 7-shot lead at the Humana Challenge and a 2-shot lead at Doral into victories.

Reed matched the highest score to par for a 54-hole leader in a tour event at Congressional. The other time was in 1983 at the old Kemper Open.

Noh finished off his 5-under 66 — the best score of the third round — about the time the leaders went off. He was at 4-under 209, which looked better by the hour.

Jacobson made four birdies in his opening eight holes to reach 8 under, only to take double bogey on the 11th hole and a sloppy bogey on the par-5 16th hole. He wound up with a 71. Leishman was still only one shot behind until he failed to get up-and-down for par on the 17th and fell to a 73.

American riders have sights set on Tour de France
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five years ago, while Alberto Contador was riding to victory in the Tour de France, Andrew Talansky was a vagabond cyclist scratching out a living in races across the United States.

He had returned from Europe disenchanted by an experience with a low-level team. He wasn't sure what his future held but knew he still loved to ride. So with few other options and the support of his family, he loaded up his belongings and spent the summer living out of his car.

"I made absolutely zero dollars that year," Talansky said, laughing. "I still own the car. It's a Honda Fit. It's a great car, man. Lives up to its name. You can fit a surprising amount of things in it — time trial bike, road bike, wheels, trainer, food, bags. Whatever you need."